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Amelia Islander

The Best Shrimp Festival Bloody Mary

May 03, 2013 02:00AM
For years I've been on the search for the best Bloody Mary recipe, and the Shrimp Festival is a good reason to kick my existing recipe up a notch. I've always held strong that a Bloody Mary should be nearly a meal in a glass, or an appetizer, at least, that it should be gigantic, spicy, and filling.

I start my Bloody Mary with a huge beer glass - or whatever is the largest glass you have in your house. Pour about 2-jiggers of vodka into the bottom of the glass. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, a teaspoon or so of good, grated horseradish, and a pinch of finely minced onion. Then add ice and tomato juice to fill. Stir or shake well.

Thread 5-big cooked shrimp on a wooden skewer and stick it into the glass. Then add an enormous rib of celery, with the leaves still on, and a slender, peeled and cleaned carrot stick. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

You may be creative with this recipe - add Tabasco, or lime juice, or skewered cocktail onions. But don't leave out the shrimp and horseradish. That's what makes it special!